12 Things You Didn’t Know About Heath Ledger’s Role In The Dark Knight

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The Dark Knight is arguably one of the best batman movies of all time. Many people will say that this is mainly due to the role of the Joker played by the late Heath Ledger. In his final performance Heath immersed himself into this crazy character and some say that it is what ultimately killed him. Here are 12 things that you probably didn’t know about Heath Ledgers role in The Dark Knight.

1. The part of the Joker was specifically written for Heath Ledger
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2. Heath came up with the idea that The Joker should have white make-up on his hands to show that the Joker himself did his own make-up.


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3. In the scene where the Joker is dressed as the nurse, his name tag reads ‘Matilda’. Matilda is the name of Heath’s Daughter.


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4. The distinctive tongue rolling and mannerisms grew out of Heath Ledgers own habit while playing the role of the Joker.


4. The distinctive tongue rolling and mannerisms grew out of Heath Ledgers own habit while playing the role of the Joker.



5. Heath Ledger directed the Joker’s videotaped CGN warnings scenes himself.

5. Heath Ledger directed the Joker’s videotaped CGN warnings scenes himself.



6. Heath Ledger designed the Joker’s make-up himself using drug store cosmetics. The make-up team replicated the look so it looked the same in every scene during filming.

6. Heath Ledger designed the Joker’s make-up himself using drug store cosmetics. The make-up team replicated the look so it looked the same in every scene during filming.





7. During the car chase scene when the Jokers driver is killed and he takes over… The bullet holes in the windshield form a smiley face.

7. During the car chase scene when the Jokers driver is killed and he takes over… The bullet holes in the windshield form a smiley face.

8. Heath Ledger is the youngest actor to have ever play the role of The Joker.

Heath Ledger Clenching Fists

9. During the interrogation scene, Heath Ledger wanted Christian Bale to actually beat him as hard as he could to get the best real feeling of what the scene was suppose to be.


9. During the interrogation scene, Heath Ledger wanted Christian Bale to actually beat him as hard as he could to get the best real feeling of what the scene was suppose to be.

10. In preparation for his role, Heath spend over 6 weeks hidden away in a motel room. He developed the tics, the deep voice and the sadistic laugh all while secluding himself in the motel.


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11. The pause in the explosion when The Joker tries to blow up the hospital was scripted… but Heath’s actions while it paused were unscripted.

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12. Heath Ledgers Oscar nomination for the role of best supporting actor was on the first anniversary of his death, coincidentally.

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